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America’s Agenda

America's Agenda is a national healthcare alliance that brings together labor unions, businesses, healthcare providers, and policymakers who share a common commitment to smart policy and effective action to advance our mission of affordable, high quality, readily accessible healthcare for every American. 

Officers and Staff

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Douglas H. Dority
President & Chairman

Doug took the helm of America’s Agenda in 2004 to concentrate his attention on solving what he terms “one of the most serious... 

Doug took the helm of America’s Agenda in 2004 to concentrate his attention on solving what he terms “one of the most serious domestic issues confronting our country.” Prior to America’s Agenda, Doug dedicated 43 years of his life to the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), its members, and the American labor movement.

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Jessica Belford
Operations Manager

Jessica has been with America’s Agenda since 2013, first serving as managing director. Her previous roles focused on organization...

Jessica has been with America’s Agenda since 2013, first serving as managing director. Her previous roles focused on organization management. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia. 

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Eric Dean
Secretary-Treasurer

Eric began his career as an Ironworker and thereafter worked for a number of labor unions and trade associations, including...

Eric began his career as an Ironworker and thereafter worked for a number of labor unions and trade associations, including as general president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union. He brings over 30 years of experience to the America’s Agenda team.

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Dr. Mike Kapsa
Chief Economist

Mike is an accomplished policy director who has extensive experience in non-profit health care management...

Mike is an accomplished policy director who has extensive experience in non-profit health care management. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy focused on labor economics at New School University in New York City.

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Mark Blum
Executive Director

Mark is a recognized expert on innovative solutions to address the rising cost of healthcare. He has led America’s Agenda work ...

Mark is a recognized expert on innovative solutions to address the rising cost of healthcare. He has led America’s Agenda work since its founding in 2005. Mark currently serves on the State Health Benefits Value and Quality Task Force in New Jersey and previously worked as an economics professor as well as national director of organizing for the American Association of University Professors. He completed his graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

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